Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Released: 1980 (my copy) Original released: 1966
Musicians: Gordon Lightfoot-guitar, vocals, Red Shea-Lead guitar, John Stickfish-Bass, Ken Buttrey-Percussion, Charles McCoy-3rd guitar, harmonica, celeste, bells
Producer: John Court
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend. In fact, some of Lightfoot’s albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally. His songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan,Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Peter, Paul and Mary and Glen Campbell just to name a few. For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Lightfoot
Lightfoot! is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Although it was recorded in late 1964, the album was not released until January 1966 on the United Artists label. My copy is a reissue on the Liberty label which is a subsidiary of Capitol Records. While it is a 1980 reissue and an abridged version of the original LP, it is of better sound quality than the United Artist pressing. In fact, I’ve had a number of UA pressings of Gordon Lightfoot and all of them awful. UA is not noted for good pressings or even decent ones. They have a couple out there, but more often than not, they aren’t all that.
This is one of those albums that you can come home from work or whatever to your favorite chair, grab a cold drink and just sit back and listen allowing yourself to just ease into the evening. While this is his first LP and not as good as some of his later works, you get the feel for what is to come.
The album features some originals and covers. I especially like track two on side one (Long River) it’s one of those songs that literally paints a picture for you as you listen. It’s my favorite of the LP. It’s also an original.
Another track that stands out to me is Steel Rail Blues, first track on side two. (Also an original). It’s a little different and may be the only song he did that sounds like it. It’s actually just a bass line, vocals and finger snapping, no guitar or anything else. It’s actually pretty good.
Long River: https://youtu.be/rOHjcvqW_io